Tuesday, March 22, 2011

February 5th was the well known and well loved Miss Fulton County Pageant =)It was the 40th anniversary and a really special year! Heather Shaffer was Miss Fulton County 2o1o and did an outstanding job representing the Miss Fulton County organization throughout the year and at the state level =) It was a great learning experience as always and the friendships formed among the other girls is irreplaceable. I am always so excited to compete with these confident and talented individuals and this year was no different! The dress rehearsal was a blast as usual. Even though we were there for 8 hours the time goes by so fast because "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" haha and we make it that way. The opening number was to the song "Telephone" by the amazing Lady GaGa! We were some foxy ladies strutting out stuff in our silver dresses!

For the Miss Fulton County Pageant we are assigned amazing hostesses who are always so helpful. Every year they manage to leave us with great memories and permanant imprints on our hearts. I know mine did! They are assigned with the sometimes grueling tasks of making sure our swimsuits dont ride up and helping us with wardrobe malfunctions LOL My hostess was Jessica Fliegal Fielding and she put everything she had into making sure I had everything I needed to compete to the best of my ability. Thanks Jess! Im so glad to have your friendship! love you <3

The competition categories were well organized and it was very easy being a contestant. Onstage question was nerve racking as always but it is important to remember that you are intelligent and its about having an opinion. My question happened to be my opinion on who was one of the most popular people in the world. I loved it =P

Although I LOVE being onstage and showing em what Ive got on the stage, one of the best parts of competing is the unforgettable memories you gain just from being backstage! lol Every one of us has a different but fun personality. We are always there for eachother and we always help eachother when someone needs it. I think if there was a point to be added to the crown it should be "sisterhood" because thats definitely what we have developed over the years. I love you girls!

and finally the winners were announced! Colleen Gagne, Misty Lynn Hilts, and Kieren Sheridan tied for Miss Congeniality. =)

Amanda Boyer won BOTH talent and interview and was also placed in the standing of 2nd runner up! you go girl love youu<3

I took first runner up, and our Miss Fulton County 2011 is Kieren Sheridan! Good luck this year kieren love you!

Miss Mohawk Valley is going to be held at Herkimer High School at 7 pm on April 2nd. Try to come out and support the contestants! It is going to be a great show!

YOU are their voice. YOU can be a difference.

Hey everyone! So it has definitely been awhile since I have been able to catch a breath and get on here to update everyone. If you have read my last posts you are aware that I am extremely passionate about animal rights along with a variation of other issues that are well known throughout our communities, societies and even our entire country. My platform for the Miss Fulton County pageant was " The Prevention of Animal Abuse and Neglect" and it will continue to be my platform throughout my pageant career.Through the Miss America Organization and simply by just being a contestant I am capable of representing this cause and making a difference. It is very important for people to realize that animal abuse does not only concern animals. It has actually been proven that criminals in our jails and anyone who has harmed another human being has also been guilty of some form of animal abuse. These animals have no voice and it is one of my goals to be that voice for them and to distribute an education throughout the public as to how they can do the same.

The ASPCA stands for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals". They are an outstanding non proft organization with plenty of knowledge as to how you can help animals within your own community, making a difference at your local shelters, how to support the ASPCA, and how to actually become an ambassador yourself! One thing they prominently promote is the concept of "Learn-Report-Fight" which explains that the right thing to do when learning about an animal abuse case is to report it. Dont be afraid to report what you have learned or what you have seen! The well being of a defenseless animal is at stake and YOU can make the difference between life and death for that animal.

There are rather simple actions involved in aiding the cause of protecting animals. Any skill or talent you happen to have can be used to help an animal or prevent the abuse. The top ways to help in your community include being aware of abuse, spreading the knowledge throughout your community with attention grabbing events such as fundraisers or fliers, volunteering in some way at a shelter, starting a neighborhood watch, promoting spaying and nuetering, bringing the high cost of spaying and neutering to attention, and also keeping in mind that wildlife need our protection as well.